The Washington Nationals confirmed multiple reports this afternoon that said they have acquired 33-year-old left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder David DeJesus from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.
DeJesus, an 11-year major league veteran, has a .250/.330/.401 line with 19 doubles, three triples and six home runs in 84 games and 318 plate appearances this season. The Nationals were rumored to be after a bench bat before the July 31st Non-Waiver Deadline last month, but no deal transpired. The Nats confirmed today's move on Twitter after multiple reports said there was a trade:
The #Nationals today acquired OF David DeJesus from Cubs in exchange for PTBNL and released OF Roger Bernadina.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) August 19, 2013
The Nationals also announced that they had released 29-year-old Roger Bernadina this afternoon, parting ways with the outfielder who signed with the Montreal Expos as an amateur free agent in 2001. Bernadina had a career year last season, posting a .291/.372/.405 line with 11 doubles and five home runs in 129 games and 261 PAs as a bench bat and backup outfielder. This season, however, Bernadina's struggled along with the rest of the Nationals' bench players, posting a .178/.247/.270 line with six doubles and two home runs in 85 games and 167 plate appearances.
DeJesus has a .279/.354/.417 line in 1,239 games and 5,205 PAs over the course of his career. The Nationals' press release on the deal also notes that he's "... regarded as a plus defender who can play all three outfield slots." He'll reportedly wear no.4 with the Nats.
This is one of several deals the Nationals have made with the Cubs recently. The Nats acquired OF Scott Hairston from Chicago in early July in a trade that sent RHP Ivan Pineyro to the Cubs. The Nationals also sent RHP Henry Rodriguez to the Cubs this season in return for 22-year-old right-hander Ian Dickson.
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